**Retired Mathematicians at a Party (tanka)**

there in the corner

reeking of stale calculus

old derivatives

life’s equation, the hard one,

still not balanced, still unsolved.

*Participating in Open Link Night over at dVerse.*

**Retired Mathematicians at a Party (tanka)**

there in the corner

reeking of stale calculus

old derivatives

life’s equation, the hard one,

still not balanced, still unsolved.

*Participating in Open Link Night over at dVerse.*

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sanaarizviA most stunning tanka! ❤️

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sdtp33Post authorThank you, Sanaa!

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lynn__Wow, this is clever!

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sdtp33Post authorThanks , Lynn, glad you like it!

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Lona GyntCornered, it makes me think how can something be stale that can catch an infinity under its curve? Maybe we never solve that equation because we never in life move past the algebraic tendency of merely weighing sides, the give and take, until equality demands an uncovering, a reckoning, a transformation of a letter into a definable integer, unaware it also holds the insoluble infinitesimal within its brush border. And so we are the same, insoluble, and maybe that is actually a balm, that some mystery remains as we approach our endless declensions.

I think of the line from Paul Simon, “resume old acquaintances, step out occasionally, and speculate who had been damaged the most…”

I think our own Frank Hubeny May have the answer with his frequent emphasis on the strange logarithm of forgiveness, which seemingly can proceed irregardless of the limits or the pain, it seems to go on forever unsolved and asymptotic, but not cornered. I love your mathematicians Jim.

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sdtp33Post authorA very eloquent and poetic comment, Lona, the first paragraph is a poem in itself! I like all your mathematical references……Thank you!

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Lona Gyntpleasure!

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GraceStill a journey for most of us. Really like the tanka Jim. Enjoy your summer.

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sdtp33Post authorThanks Grace, have a great summer…and thank you and your colleagues over at dVerse for all the work you do…..much appreciated, JIM

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Sarah RussellLove the personification. I know a few old derivatives…

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sdtp33Post authorThanks, Sarah, much appreciated!

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revivedwriterThis is so creative! I appreciate the mix of math and poetry.

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sdtp33Post authorThank you!

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robtkistnerThanks for sharing this fine piece! Excellent write. See you in a couple weeks Jim. In honor of Solli Raphael:

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sdtp33Post authorThanks Rob…enjoyed your poem, see my comment on your site…JIM

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Björn Rudberg (brudberg)This takes me back to my time when I taught at University… I remember the chalk and probably reeked of calculus too.

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sdtp33Post authorA lot of things reeked at university…including some of my class mates!

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kim881Your retired mathematicians should get together with Bjorn’s aged librarian, Jim! My own equation is not balance or solved – when it is, that will be t!

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sdtp33Post authorYes Kim….the fun is in the solving!! Hope your summer is going well..JIM

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kim881Thanks Jim, it’s going better since I finished my seasonal exam marking and I’m back to writing every morning. I really missed it.

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MishOh so true and maybe we shouldn’t try to solve it at all. I failed terribly at math, more of a “grey” thinker.

(Sorry for the late response.)

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